Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Eritrean Food

Had my first experience wtih Eritrean food at a restaurant in Oakland (called Asmara) yesterday and wanted to report to everyone that it is AWESOME. They give you a plate of several dishes (such as seasoned bean purees, potatoes or spinach in a sauce) and salads on top of this spongy pancake-type bread called injera. You also get a plate of pieces of the injera and eat everything by tearing off pieces and dipping it in those dishes or salads. The seasoning is really good, not as hot as Indian food, but seems to be mixed with very great skill. Will have to go back there soon and try some other things. BTW, I believe Ethiopian cuisine is similar. Google "eritrean cuisine" for webpages with more info.

The End of Suburbia

If you can possibly make it to this documentary, I would definitely do so. It goes along nicely with The Corporation, a film I mentioned in another post. The reason is that so much of what the modern corporation has done to transform the world in the past century has been enabled by the availability of cheap energy in the form of light sweet crude. The End of Suburbia very clearly lays out the case that the past 50 years in particular have been a one-time "party" fueled by the bubble of cheap petrolium. This "party" is coming to an end in the near future, not because oil itself will run out, but because its production will peak while demand continues to grow unabated. For example, the whole current system of production of consumer goods in mass quantities in China, followed by their transport across the ocean in petrolium-powered container ships and distribution by gas-guzzling big rigs, on roads built by gas-powered heavy equipment, is predicated upon this supply. Not to mention the system of production of food for billions of people (a bloated, unsustainably large population) in which petrolium-based fertilizers and pesticides take the place of human labor. The film is also good at rebutting the polyanna-ish assurances that the free market will compensate and take care of our energy problems. In the case of power generation in North America, the free market's response to growing demand and decreasing output from coal and nuclear has been to build more natural gas fueled plants. The problem is natural gas almost has to be produced on the same continent on which it is used, because of the difficulties of transport. And North America is certainly going to run out of Nat. gas way before the rest of the world. I can't summarize everything here, just advise you to check it out if you can (see the web page linked above for where it's playing). Then start preparing yourself for life in the post Hubbert's Peak age.

Top 12 songs in my head right now as i post

Mark Ronson "Ooh Wee"
Al Stewart "Year of the Cat"
Basehead "Not Over You"
The Beatles "Blue Jay Way"
Pearl Jam "Wishlist"
Paperboy "Ditty"
Plastic Operator "Folder"
The Postal Service "Suddenly Everything Has Changed" (Flaming Lips Cover)
Taco "Puttin' On The Ritz"
Kath Bloom "Come Here"
Lou Reed and John Cale "Work"
Outkast "ATLiens"

Saturday, September 25, 2004

PhysicsWeb - News - Law-breaking liquid defies the rules (September 2004)

This could be a major breakthrough in materials science. Incredible. Anybody have any cool applications come to mind?

Swift Boat PCF-94

This is pretty wild: Swift Boat PCF-94

Check out some of the other missions here.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Firefox 1.0

The new Firefox 1.0 has been out for a week or so now. It's great and I highly recommend it. Especially the All in ONe Gestures extension. They makes browsing very ergonomic in that you don't have to click on browser button but instead right click and move the mouse to the left if you want to go back. Opera has these too. Not sure if IE supports them, as I don't use that security compromised browser anymore.

For the record, Firefox is the only web browser endorsed by nanothoughts.

The Onion | 2004 Election Guide

Nice to have all the articles in one place. A couple are hopelessly out of date now, like the June 9th article "Kerry Names 1969 Version of Himself as Running Mate":
The Onion | 2004 Election Guide

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Viscerally stunning.

That's what this game is.

Burnout 3, recently released by EA, is the best racing game I've played. The ordinary race modes are pretty cool, but what sets this game apart are the "road rage" and crash modes.

Road rage is just that. You run enemy cars off the road.

Crash mode is every psychopath's video game dream. You are at the controls of a vehicle. You run(or jump) it into oncoming traffic, and score points based on the dollar value of the destruction you cause. Nothing like soaring a fire engine into a tanker truck...

Anyways, I got Roger hooked on the game a few days ago. You guys should all go out and get it so you can get addicted too. And then maybe we can all road rage each other online.

Vanity Search Results

I love how this: Google Search: nanothoughts
says: Did you mean: nasty thoughts

Stumbling Drunk

Try to keep the stumbling drunk from falling over. Oddly, he speaks English. Die Wagenschenke - Das Partyzelt am Albanifest in Winterthur.

84 meters is my best so far.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Are poker bots raking online pots?

yet another reason I no longer play online. Really though, poker bots are the least of your worries.
From MSNBC: Are poker ‘bots’ raking online pots?

Monday, September 20, 2004

Picture of the week/month etc.

To liven up the blog a bit, I'm going to have a photograph or painting in the sidebar on the right. The first one is by René Magritte and titled La condition humaine, (1933)
oil on canvas, 100 x 81 x 1.6 cm (39 3/8 x 31 7/8 x 5/8 in.)

If you'd like to see it up close and personal, visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. You can read their writeup of it here.


When I first saw Wikipedia about a year and a half ago, I wasn't impressed.

Flash forward to september of 2004 and now I'm sold.

Wikipedia is the future. Count on it.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Pet Shop Boys present Battleship Potemkin in Trafalgar Square

I don't know about you, but watching Eisenstein in London with the PSB orchestrating sounds kinda cool to me:
FT - New York London Paris Munich
Apparently, Finlo Rohrer of the BBC didn't like it though.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Liveblogging of Libertarian candidate Badnarik

Jody and Thason give their co-commentary over at PolySciFi Blog on a speech that Bruce Boxleitner, er Michael Badnarik gave at Virginia Tech on Thursday. (Interesting that the first image one notices on his page is a roulette wheel.

My favorite line from the commentary is: "Was that a heckler on the issue of eminent domain? Have those words ever been typed in the same sentence before?"

Kids and private enterprise.

Man, they never had these suckers when I was a kid. I feel left out.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Top Ten songs of the Moment (in my head)

1. Bohannon "Let's Start to Dance Again"
2. Afrika Bambaata "Metal"
3. Plastic Operator "Folder"
4. Jay-Zeezer "The World has Changed Clothes and Left Me Here"
5. Sir Mix-a-Lot "Game Don't Get Old"
6. Terror Squad (f/ Fat Joe, Mase, Eminem, Lil' Jon) "Lean Back (Remix)"
7. Morrissey "My Love Life"
8. Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon "Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache"
9. Kanye West "Thru the Wire"
10.Terry Jacks "Seasons in the Sun"

Music blogs

Ok, so I've really been into music/mp3 blogs. here are a couple to check out and choice songs:

Bohannon's "Let's Start II Dance Again" can be found at The Number One Songs in Heaven, great site filled with a lot of fonky stuff.

An interesting song by Plastic Operator called "Folder"
, it's a dance/love song about a computer or shared network romance.

Tofuhut, this guy post songs according to a theme, i think. curernt one is
drinking, or as I like to say "drunk drinking." Scroll down and check
out number 7. It's a Tupac live track where he's drunk in the studio:
7. Tupac Shakur - "Untouchable Freestyle ('Drunker'n a Motherfucker')"

and for the bubblegum lovers, head on over to the bubblegum-machine:
Here's a song called Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) - Reunion ,
a 1976 chart hit which was an ancestor of "It's the End of the world as we know it", "we didn't start the fire" and "one week." Aka, all those ultra-fast name droppers that you either think are catchy as hell or as annoying as all f***.

That should keep you busy for a while. hehehehe. happy listening and let me know if you dig.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Yo quiero un PUTA computadora?

or as Gizmodo put it Product Branding is a Bitch

Furthermore, it's odd that the company is called Atacama, you'd think they'd have more of a Spanish language sensibility. Let's hope they aren't gonna try to market it in Spanish or Tagalog speaking locales: PUTA

Also, I wonder if anybody in the marketing department ever read Gulliver's Travels

The New York Times > Week in Review > A Global War: Many Fronts, Little Unity

I think this article touches on some important points. e.g. that Hamas and Al Qaeda have two very different aims/outlooks. Lumping all these movements together might in the end be counter-productive.
The New York Times > Week in Review > A Global War: Many Fronts, Little Unity Registration required. Or, just use cypherphunk/cypherphunk.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Amazon.com: Books: The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present

Just saw this on amazon: Amazon.com: Books: The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time: A Ranking Past and Present

The companion book to this which is a pretty cool book :
The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History

(Actually, it's not really a companion book, but instead from a different series.) Still, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History is a really good read.

Not sure if this book is related:

The Scientific 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Scientists, Past and Present (100 (Paperback))

Putin's speech

Transcript of Putin's televised remarks at the Kremlin on Sept. 4th:

It is a difficult and bitter task for me to speak. A horrible tragedy happened in our land. During these last few days, each one of us suffered immensely, having all that happened in the Russian city of Beslan run through our hearts. We were confronted not just by murderers, but those who used their weapons against defenseless children.

In the first place, I am addressing today those who lost the dearest in their life, their children, their kin, their closest. I want you to remember all those who died at the hands of terrorists in the last few days.

There have been many tragic pages and difficult trials in the history of Russia. Today we are living in conditions formed after the disintegration of a huge, great country, the country which unfortunately turned out to be nonviable in the conditions of rapidly changing world.

Today, however, despite all difficulties, we managed to preserve the nucleus of that giant, the Soviet Union. We called the new country the Russian Federation.

We all expected changes, changes for the better, but found ourselves absolutely unprepared for much that changed in our lives. The question is why. We live in conditions of a transitional economy and a political system that do not correspond to the development of society. We live in conditions of aggravated internal conflicts and ethnic conflicts that before were harshly suppressed by the governing ideology.

We stopped paying due attention to issues of defense and security. We allowed corruption to affect the judiciary and law enforcement systems. In addition to that, our country, which once had one of the mightiest systems of protecting its borders, suddenly found itself unprotected either from West or East.

It would take many years and billions of rubles to create new, modern and truly protected borders. But even so, we could have been more effective if we had acted in timely and professional fashion. We have to admit that we failed to recognize the complexity and danger of the processes going on in our own country and the world as a whole. At any rate, we failed to react to them adequately. We demonstrated weakness, and the weak are beaten.

Some want to tear off a big chunk of our country. Others help them to do it. They help because they think that Russia, as one of the greatest nuclear powers of the world, is still a threat, and this threat has to be eliminated. And terrorism is only an instrument to achieve these goals.

As I have said on many occasions, we have faced crises, rebellions and terrorist acts many times. But what has happened now - the unprecedented crime committed by terrorists, inhuman in its cruelty - is not a challenge to the president, the Parliament or the government. This is a challenge to all of Russia, to all our people. This is an attack against all of us.

Terrorists think that they are stronger, that they will be able to intimidate us, to paralyze our will, to erode our society. It seems that we have a choice: to resist or to cave in and agree with their claims; to give up and allow them to destroy and to take Russia apart, in hope that eventually they would leave us alone.

As president, as the head of the Russian state, as a man who gave an oath to protect the country and its integrity, as a citizen of Russia, I am convinced that in fact we do not have any choice, because as soon as we allow ourselves to be blackmailed and to panic, we shall immerse millions of people in a series of bloody conflicts, similar to Karabakh, Trans-Dnestria and other well known tragedies.

We cannot but see the evident: we are dealing not with separate acts of intimidation, not with individual forays of terrorists. We are dealing with the direct intervention of international terror against Russia, with total and full-scale war, which again and again is taking away the lives of our compatriots.

All the world's experience shows that such wars do not end quickly. In these conditions, we simply cannot, we should not, live as carelessly as before.

We must create a more effective security system, and demand from our law enforcement agencies actions adequate in level and scale to the new threats.

But what is more important is a mobilization of the nation before the general threat. Events in other countries prove that terrorists meet the most effective rebuff where they confront not only the power of the state but also an organized and united civil society.

Dear fellow citizens, those who sent terrorists to commit this horrible crime had the goal of setting our peoples against one another, to intimidate citizens of Russia, to unleash a bloody feud in the North Caucasus. In this connection, I would like to say the following:

First, in the near future, a complex of measures aimed at strengthening the unity of our country will be prepared.

Second, I consider it necessary to create a new system of forces and means for exercising control over the situation in the North Caucasus.

Third, it is necessary to create an affective crisis management system, including entirely new approaches to the work of law enforcement agencies.

I would like to stress that all these measures will be implemented in full accordance with the Constitution.

Dear friends: Together we live through very hard, mournful hours. I would like to thank all those who demonstrated patience and civic responsibility. We shall always be stronger than they, by our morale, courage and our humane solidarity.

One could see it today and the night before. In Beslan, soaked with pain and grief, people expressed even more care and support to each other and were not afraid of jeopardizing their lives for the sake of the lives and safety of others. Even in the most inhuman conditions, they remained human. It is impossible to reconcile the pain of the losses. The trial has brought us even closer together, made us re-evaluate many things. Today, we have to be together. Only thus we shall defeat the enemy.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Web Fads

This is only Part 1, but it's a good list so far. Seems to be in alphabetical order, except Mahir is first, go figure. I remember all of these fads fondly. Check it out. The Book of Ratings: Web Fads, Part 1

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Rog's 2004 Fantasy Football RB Rankings

This list is based on predicted statistical performance, injury issues, depth chart considerations, personnel and coaching issues, and whether or not they possess, attempt to distribute or smoke/snort dope. (Please note, I make no moral judgment if they choose to do so. In fact, I think the NFL's drug policy is really screwed up, but that's another post altogether.)

Gotta Take 'Em
Priest Holmes
LaDainian Tomlinson
Ahman Green

2nd tier
Fred Taylor
Deuce McAllister
Clinton Portis
Edgerrin James
Shaun Alexander
Jamal Lewis
Domanick Davis

3rd Tier
Brian Westbrook
Chris Brown
Kevan Barlow
Corey Dillon

4th Tier
Curtis Martin
Marshall Faulk
Stephen Davis
Rudi Johnson
Duce Staley
Kevin Jones - R
Michael Bennett
Tiki Barber
Travis Henry
Quentin Griffin
Lee Suggs
Moe Williams

5th Tier
Thomas Jones
Charlie Garner
Julius Jones - R
Tyrone Wheatley
T.J. Duckett
Warrick Dunn

6th Tier
William Green
Eddie George
Garrison Hearst
Jerome Bettis
DeShaun Foster
Steven Jackson - R
Tatum Bell - R
Justin Fargas
Onterrio Smith
Willis McGahee

Handcuffers and the Don't Bothers
Ron Dayne
Troy Hambrick
Michael Pittman
Richie Anderson
Anthony Thomas
Musa Smith
Kevin Faulk
Amos Zereoue
Artose Pinner
Greg Jones - R
Emmitt Smith
Lamont Jordan
Zack Crockett
Tony Hollings
Najeh Davenport
Chris Perry - R
Shawn Bryson
Aveion Cason
Mike Alstott
Tony Fisher
Derrick Blaylock
Jerald Sowell
Mack Strong
Ladell Betts
Larry Johnson
Cory Schlesinger
Maurice Morris

Rog's 2004 Fantasy Football QB Rankings

This list is based on predicted statistical performance, injury issues, depth chart considerations, and personnel and coaching issues.

1st Tier
Daunte Culpepper
Peyton Manning

2nd Tier
Aaron Brooks

Brett Favre
Chad Pennington
Donovan McNabb
Jake Plummer
Marc Bulger
Matt Hasselbeck
Michael Vick
Steve McNair
Tom Brady
Trent Green

3rd Tier
Brad Johnson
Carson Palmer
Jake Delhomme
Jeff Garcia
Joey Harrington
Tim Rattay
Tommy Maddox

Everybody Else
AJ Feeley
Byron Leftwich
David Carr
Drew Bledsoe
Eli Manning - R
Jay Fiedler
Josh McCown
Kerry Collins
Kyle Boller
Mark Brunell
Philip Rivers - R
Quincy Carter
Rex Grossman
Rich Gannon
Vinny Testaverde

Convention Stuff

Here's Michael Moore's take on the Republican National Convention and for equal time, Jonah Goldberg's take on the Democratic National Convention

Also, I saw a bit of Bono on O'Reilly, not enough to really comment though. Anybody else see that?

It's really interesting how Fox News slants toward the Republicans and CNN slants toward to the Democrats, but in the end it drives me nuts. I wonder how many Americans are having the wool pulled over their eyes.